Posts Tagged ‘dawn’

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Third Day of Christmas

rain on leafHosea 6:3


Let us know, let us strive to know the Lord; as certain as the dawn is his coming, and his judgment shines for the like the light of day! He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the earth. 

Just as we know that spring follows winter, that birds migrate to their breeding ground, that tall trees spring from small seed, just so do we know with certainty that our God is among us . . . for we are Christmas people.

What do we know as certainty?  Read the Hosea – Alliances post on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/the-book-of-our-life/the-old-testament/the-prophets/hosea-alliances/ Consider the promises God has made and kept, and reflect on why we are Christmas people . . .

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Psalm 130:5: Wait for God

Thursday, June 27, 2019

I wait for Yahweh, my soul waits for him, I rely on his promise, my soul relies on the Lord more than a watchman on the coming of dawn.

I imagine that a watchman feels great relief with the advent of the first rays of light.  The strain of peering through darkness, watching for an enemy that may or may not be present must be endured . . . else the entire city or camp is put in danger.  All of this readiness and waiting are sometimes too difficult to bear.

God says: I know that you seek me and this is good.  The more you seek, the more you realize my love for you.  I, too, yearn to have you secure with me.  Remember that I always keep my promises . . . and I have plans for your welfare, not your woe.  You cannot imagine the wonderful serenity and bliss I have in mind for you.  I love you still.  I love you always.  Wait for me.  Watch for me.  I am with you even now. 

May you fully know the intense love God has for you.  Trust in him alone.  He is the source of all that is good.

A re-post from June 13, 2012.

Image from: http://songsofmarkcote.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-dawn.html 

As you wait for God, look through some of the reflections in The Book of Our Life page on this blog at: https://thenoontimes.com/the-book-of-our-life/

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joySaturday, November 29, 2014


Joy and the Storm

The Books of Wisdom call us to fidelity; they give us a reason to come together in outrageous hope; and they call us to love as God loves, with compassion, patience and understanding. This sapiential literature offers us the miracle and wonder of joy. If today’s exploration of the Book of Job calls you to search for more surprises, click on the word Joy in the categories cloud in the blog’s right hand sidebar and choose a reflection, or enter the word Joy in the blog search bar. You may also want to visit the Joy for the Journey blog at www.joyforthee.blogspot.com to see how joy surprises you there. Today we find joy in times of turmoil, travail and turbulence.

If the story of Job is unfamiliar to us, we will want to spend time with notes and commentary. If the story is a familiar one, we will know where to look for the verses that bring hope to the hopeless and joy to the joyless. In either case, the verses offered below give us a door to the miracle of joy found in the tempest of life.

Verse 5:11: Yes, it is God who raises the humble and gives joy to all who mourn.

Ilya Yefimovich Repin: Job and His Friends

Ilya Yefimovich Repin: Job and His Friends

God says: My son Jesus tells you that I am always with the broken-hearted, the down-trodden, the oppressed and forsaken. He brings this promise to you daily. Jesus also shows you how humility and patience bring not woe but joy. Open the story of my servant Job and you will see how he persists in loving me even when he has nothing. Open your heart to the authority of Christ within you and you will experience joy in the stormy days of your life.

Verse 8:19: Yes, that’s all the joy evil people have; others now come and take their places.

God says: My Spirit cannot be contained or owned; yet she inhabits all there is and was and will be. The Spirit abides, consoles, heals and mends. The Spirit engenders joy even in the midst of the storm and the swirl of deceit. The Spirit fashions joy out of cruelty and dishonesty. The Spirit creates joy in the face of pride and haughtiness. Open your heart to the power of the Spirit within you and will find joy in the dark nights of your journey.

Verse 22:26: Then you will always trust in God and find that he is the source of your joy.

job (1)God says: I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the beginning and the end. I am the source and summit. I am the impetus and the goal. I am. And I am within you. Open your heart to the power of my love within you and unleash the joy that conquers all evil. Open your heart to the miracles I create for you and discover the full power of my presence. Like my servant Job, you will experience joy in the most dire of circumstances and the most horrific of situations. Examine his story today and look for the dawn that always follows the deep darkness of overpowering storms. 

Verse 38:7: In the dawn of the day of creation the stars sang together, and the heavenly beings shouted for joy.

Blake: Job's Tormentors

Blake: Job’s Tormentors

Job suffers every kind of humiliation and pain at the hands of Satan; yet he survives and is fully restored as God’s wondrous creation. We too, are God’s creation and so today we ask for the gift of fidelity to God’s call, for the grace of God’s hope that brings us patience, and the presence of God’s love that is the miracle of joy we seek.

For more information about anxiety and joy, visit: http://riselikeair.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/anxiety-joy-a-journey/

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